• Introduction

    Jacob van Ruisdael (b.1628) was a self-conscious starting point for these gouache and oil paintings.

    It has been said that Turner worshiped van Ruisdael and that Constable adored him from afar. Rarely has anyone been able to capture Presence in landscape as van Ruisdael with perhaps the exception of 19th century Hudson River School painter Frederick Edwin Church. Yet how does one respond to these giants?

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